grand·​par·​ent | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio) \

Definition of grandparent

: a parent of one's father or mother

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Other Words from grandparent

grandparental \ ˌgran(d)-​pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl How to pronounce grandparental (audio) \ adjective
grandparenthood \ ˈgran(d)-​ˈper-​ent-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce grandparenthood (audio) \ noun

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The dead include his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Deadliest mass shootings in modern US history," 4 Aug. 2019 Hence, grandparents — standing strong for the rest of the family — become the forgotten mourners. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Grand Adventure: Grandparents can be ‘forgotten’ mourners," 19 July 2019 At Rita Church, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends came out to support the players. Giana Han,, "After watching Charm City Games kick off, Baltimore community wants to ‘keep it going’," 16 July 2019 Children are no longer routinely separated from their parents, but children traveling with other relatives — siblings or grandparents, for example — still are. Doyle Mcmanus,, "Cruelty to migrant children shouldn’t be a partisan issue," 10 July 2019 The publication also stated that the girl from Indiana was traveling with her paternal and maternal grandparents, parents and a younger brother. Johnny Diaz,, "Baby girl slips from grandfather’s hands, dies in fall from Royal Caribbean cruise ship," 8 July 2019 As a parent and grandparent, your worst nightmare is losing your child. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Mollie Tibbetts murder sparks lawmakers' demands for 'justice,' comparison to Kate Steinle case," 21 Aug. 2018 Attention parents, grandparents, educators and anyone else who might want to give a good book to a child or teenager: Now is your chance. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Want to give a child a good book? This sale at BSU offers 40,000 from $1 to $10 each | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 Even before opting into this additional service, your report can tell you how many close relatives (like siblings, parents, grandparents, and first cousins) are in 23andMe’s database, as well as how many more distant relatives. Amanda Macmillan,, "7 Things You Need to Know Before You Try 23andMe," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grandparent

1574, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grandparent

: a parent of your father or mother


grand·​par·​ent | \ ˈgrand-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of grandparent

: a parent of someone's father or mother

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